Four Geneva-based organisations – the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD), the International Security Sector Advisory Team within the Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces’ (DCAF/ISSAT), the Small Arms Survey (SAS) and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) – have identified that weaknesses in design, monitoring and evaluation hinder both programme implementation and learning in the peacebuilding, security and development sectors.
These Geneva-based organisations are contributing to a number of initiatives which aim to develop capacities of personnel in official donor agencies, UN agencies and international financial institutions to formulate appropriate strategies and programmes for fragile and conflict-affected countries (FRACAS), and to adapt results-based, project cycle management approaches for initiatives undertaken in these difficult environments. However, there is no parallel initiative that focuses on capacity development for officials, researchers and practitioners in the violence-affected countries themselves, or for practitioners in international NGOs and specialised consulting firms which operate in FRACAS. Organisations working within the peacebuilding, security and development (PSD) arena also continue to operate, in large part, within specialised fields, which limits opportunities for cross-fertilisation and, in some cases, appropriate responses to rapid-onset emergencies.
To address these weaknesses, the Geneva-based partners, together with the International Programme for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET), have designed and conducted a series of five-day training workshops in Geneva since 2011.
The goal of this training workshop is to enhance capacities of officials and practitioners in the security and development (SD) sectors for:
- improved design leading to better projects and programmes
- aligning programmes in the PSD sectors with national development priorities
- improved monitoring and evaluation of projects and programmes in the SD sectors
- encourage the development of monitoring and evaluation frameworks for national PSD programmes
- build up a pool of national experts for evaluations in the PSD sectors
- stimulate cross-fertilisation within the PSD sectors.
Programme and methodology: The workshop includes the following five modules:
- Module 1: Programme Design
- Module 2: Monitoring
- Module 3: Theory of Change
- Module 4: Evaluation Questions
- Module 5: Evaluation Designs
The workshop is aimed at national development, peace and security officials, representatives from local and international development, political and security agencies, and technical advisors/programme officers nominated by the UN and other relevant agencies. The workshop is designed especially for those with no specific training in monitoring and evaluation.
The workshop will be delivered in English, therefore, only candidates with good English language skills and sufficient formal education to benefit from a university-level course can be considered.
Due to the large number of applications expected, we ask to nominate only one person from every organisation, and to ensure that the person nominated possesses the necessary qualifications. We will reserve places for qualified nominees on a first-come, first-served basis.
The workshop will be held from 13 to 17 July 2015, but it is highly recommended that all participants plan to arrive on 12 July 2015.
There is no fee for the workshop or the training materials, and coffee breaks will be provided. Please note that the remaining costs have to be borne by the participants. However, GICHD offers a limited number of sponsorships covering travel, accommodation and subsistence cost, for applicants representing GICHD partner organisations from developing countries with no other funding opportunities.